| GEO Sports|
| NZ 216-8 against India at tea on day 4|
| Updated at: 0900 PST, Saturday, March 21, 2009|
HAMILTON: Harbhajan Singh took five wickets for 45 runs as New Zealand slumped to 216-8 at tea on the fourth day of the first cricket test Saturday, trailing India by 25 runs with only two second-innings wickets in hand.
India led by 241 runs after the first innings when it was dismissed for 520, fueled by Sachin Tendulkar's 160, in reply to New Zealand's 279.
New Zealand resumed on the fourth day at 75-3, still 161 runs behind, and slipped steadily toward defeat as Harbhajan and Munaf Patel (2-59) shared seven wickets in ideal batting conditions.
Harbhajan took the three wickets to fall in the second session Saturday to complete his 23rd five-wicket test haul.
Daniel Flynn top-scored with 67 — his third test half century — but New Zealand otherwise mounted little resistance to India's push for victory, which will give it a 1-0 lead in the three-test series.